Robin Phillips, Executive Director of the National Rural Transit Assistance Program (RTAP), discusses the challenges of delivering safe and effective public transportation in rural and tribal areas, and highlights some of the challenges faced by these communities, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. National RTAP serves as a training and technical assistance resource for agencies across the United States to facilitate more efficient use of public transportation resources, and Phillips highlights how the program works to ensure a high quality of life for communities through access to jobs, healthcare, education, shopping, and other services.
Futurist Garry Golden shares how he sees the global COVID-19 pandemic shaping future outcomes for the transportation industry as a whole and for professionals. Garry was a Plenary Speaker at the 2020 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibition and the session was sponsored by the ITE Consultants Council.
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Hawaii is no stranger to natural disasters — over the course of several months between 2018-2019, the state faced flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions. In this episode of the AASHTO ETAP Podcast, Ed Sniffen, Hawaii DOT deputy director for Highways, explains how HDOT plans and prepares to ensure organizational resilience.
One of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the temporary end to the traditional public meeting. Most of these gatherings have become virtual. On AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast, Arizona DOT’s Steve Olmsted, senior program manager, discusses ways in which his agency has approached the challenge of engaging the public and moving forward projects during a time of social distancing.
David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute, joins the ITE Talks Transportation podcast to discuss connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) and two new studies conducted by the traffic safety research organizations. The first study cites data that illustrate the growing benefits of advanced driver assistance systems; the second reveals possible limits of automated systems in reducing crashes. He also addresses criticisms of the second study, and discusses the future of safety and CAVs.
Vincent Valdes joins the ITE Talks Transportation podcast to talk about the role of mobility as a service (MaaS) and mobility on demand (MOD) in public transit and how innovation can improve travel for users and transportation networks as a whole. The podcast was recorded while Vince was at the FTA Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation. This summer, he transitioned roles to become president and CEO of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission.
Minnesota DOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher talks about her state’s perspectives on environmental sustainability. Commissioner Anderson Kelliher, who serves as chairperson of AASHTO’s Committee on Environment and Sustainability, says that her state looks for the “triple bottom line” when evaluating sustainability – how it affects the health of people, and how it impacts the environment and the economy.
Robert Wunderlich, P.E., ITE Fellow and Director of the Center for Transportation Safety at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, discusses the Safe System approach to reducing serious injuries and fatalities on roadways. He highlights the various aspects of the Safe System, including roadway design that reduces user error and lowers impact forces, and explains what transportation professionals can do to help implement a Safe System approach.
For nearly four decades Pete Tauriello has been telling drivers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut what awaits them during their travels. As part of a series of podcasts with alumni of Seton Hall‘s WSOU, he explains, there’s more to good traffic reporting than just running through a list of crashes and delays.
The ETAP Podcast’s inaugural episode features an interview with Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray. Georgia’s innovative smart highway is the nation’s first public-private-philanthropic partnership. The podcast is presented by AASHTO’s (American Association of Highway and Transportation Officials) Environmental Technical Assistance Program.